# Winter writing activities for first graders

The goal of this week is to promote geographic education in schools. Find this place on a map and measure the approximate distance from this place to where you live. Explain why you would like to visit or live in this place, how far away it is from where you live, and how you would get to this place. On Kids Geography Games children can play fun and educational games that will help them to develop and sharpen their geography skills.

Friday, April 22, Composing Shapes in 1st Grade Composing Shapes is such a fun topic in first grade and kindergarten geometry! Learning how to compose 2D and 3D shapes is fun because, well, they get to build! What kid doesn't love building?

I have a TON of small group activities, centers, and ideas to share with you for teaching composing shapes that I hope your students will love! First and foremost - use pattern blocks in every activity that you can!

Students are so much more engaged when they can hold and physically manipulate the shapes to build new ones. Give them time to explore. They love making pictures out of the blocks so that's an easy introductory activity to get them used to putting the blocks together to make a picture.

Let them build whatever they want on their mat then write how many of each pattern block they used. I recommend printing out the color version of these mats and either laminating them or putting them in a sheet protector like I did above and having students use a dry erase marker to write on them.

That way you can use them over and over and the kids can build and record multiple pictures in one sitting by writing and wiping. Then, in small groups, you can have them build something specific. Have each person build a flower in their own way or a robot, person, butterfly, a big triangle, etc.

Talk to them about how they put the blocks together to make a new shape. Have them talk to each other about the shapes they used. Kids love making pictures out of the blocks Once they've had fun exploring, give them activity cards to build! In small groups, show the entire group one card, place it in the center of the table so they can all see, and have them build it.

Ask them questions about what shapes they used, how many shapes make up the new shape, etc. If you want to make this an independent center after you use it in small groups, simply give the kids a stack of cards and a recording sheet.

I made 2 sets of them so they can do the math station twice or you could copy it back to back and give more cards to challenge higher kids. Have them take a card, build it, then color in the shapes they used for that card like this: If you want to be referred to as the "best teacher ever" for the day, you could also incorporate dough into these composing shapes lessons.

Give each kid at your table their own can of dough to build into a ball then have them flatten it.

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It's important that each child uses the entire can so it's thick enough to imprint in. Then, select a card for them to build with the pattern blocks.

Once they've built it, have them push down really hard to imprint it into the dough. Have them hold the pieces together in place as they push so the blocks don't move away from each other. Have them carefully peel the pattern blocks off and it will reveal their new shape! I also made these composing shapes cards for 3D shapes.

You know me, I differentiate everything I can so there are 2 sets - one where it's just combining two 3D shapes and one set where it also combines 3 shapes like in the N card seen below.

Students simply look at the card and color in the 3D shapes that the new composite shape is made of. You can also have them build each card with three dimensional shape blocks if you have them.

Asking questions about which shapes were used is a great vocabulary review for geometry as well. If you want to incorporate the dough again, a great small groups activity is talking about what shapes make up 3D shapes. For example, show them a cylinder and point to the circle face and ask them what shape it is.

They can stamp it into the dough to see that it is a circle.

First Grade Worksheets Online 6 and 7 year old kids get their first taste of real schooling in first grade. Help children learn the basics in math, reading, language and science with our printable first grade worksheets. First Grade Math Packet. This fifteen page math packet will surely keep your students busy! It includes fifteen worksheets covering the areas of addition and subtraction within The math puzzles in this set will provide students with arithmetic practice as well as practice cutting straight lines and following directions. This is a wonderful set of worksheets to provide over extended school. Holiday writing packet {I would make a good elf and more worksheets} from Funky First Grade Fun How to decorate a Christmas tree from Sarah’s First Grade Snippets Christmas color .

Do this for all the three dimensional blocks triangular prism, rectangular prism, etc. Again, it's a great vocabulary review to talk about "faces" and apply that to real world questions.

I also made worksheets for this skill where they just look at the picture and color in the shapes it is made out of. The star in the upper right corner of my worksheets always tell you the level A, B, or C that a worksheet is for easy differentiation.Thematic Units - Ice & Snow Fun.

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Be sure to visit our Winter Activities page for. Holiday writing packet {I would make a good elf and more worksheets} from Funky First Grade Fun How to decorate a Christmas tree from Sarah’s First Grade Snippets Christmas color .

Winter Activities within this section include resources and lesson plans for subjects like football, bird feeding, New Year's, and snow. You can also find more specific resources for the following: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Day, Chinese New Year, President's Day, St. Patrick's Day, and more. Page 29 to 36—Many activities to use with the book, There was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed some Snow. Swing trash can template, little book, and dice game. Page 37 to 41—My two favorite snowman poems/songs with manipulatives to match.

Dec 03,  · The Three Little Pigs Literature Study You are so welcome. I love every minute of it. I love creating resources for fellow teachers and my first graders every year.

Reply Delete. Mrs. Lemons's 1st grade May 15, at PM. Thank you for the 3 Little Pigs activities. We are reading fairy tales this last week of school and.

First Grade Math Packet. This fifteen page math packet will surely keep your students busy! It includes fifteen worksheets covering the areas of addition and subtraction within The math puzzles in this set will provide students with arithmetic practice as well as practice cutting straight lines and following directions.

This is a wonderful set of worksheets to provide over extended school.

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